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Eagles flying for success

Posted: Friday, Jan 6th, 2017

Nicholas Mattson/Atascadero News & Paso Robles Press Templeton High School senior Brenden Weaver takes it to the hoop for a basket and a foul in the Atascadero Christmas tournament.

Templeton defeats Lompoc, twice in five days

TEMPLETON — Shaking off a couple tough losses to non-conference teams over winter break, the Templeton High School varsity boys basketball team found the cohesion to beat Lompoc, not once, but twice in five days, and end a six-game losing streak to the Braves dating back to January 2014.

The Eagles beat Lompoc, 63-61, during the Atascadero Christmas tournament, knowing full well they would meet again on Tuesday.

In Tuesday’s return to Los Padres League play, the Eagles hosted the Braves (1-2 LPL, 2-12 overall) and won again, 62-50.

“We went in with the same game plan as we did in the Atascadero tournament,” THS head coach Larry McCoy said. “We started with a 2-3, and that did not really work in the first quarter. We switched to a man to man and outscored them 25-5 in the second quarter.”

THS junior Rigel Hall led the Eagles with 19 points and seven rebounds, and went 4 for 4 from the free throw line. Senior Brenden Weaver scored a lucky 13 points with 13 rebounds.

“Weaver had his first double-double,” McCoy said. “He was instrumental in our runs in the second and third quarter.”

A third Eagle posted double-digit scoring. Senior Trevor Holmes scored 10 points, and

The win put the Eagles in the driver’s seat heading into the remaining games of the first round of league contests, but they still face hurdles.

The Eagles hosted the Morro Bay Pirates on Thursday. The Pirates also held a 2-1 league record, with a strong-but-slim victory over Santa Ynez, 45-43, on Dec. 13. Templeton lost to Santa Ynez, 69-43, two days later.

A strong showing and a win against Morro Bay on Thursday would put the Eagles in position to take command of their destiny and vie for a playoff spot down the road.

“This [Morro Bay] is a big game early for us,” McCoy said. “I think they are pretty senior-heavy. We know they are excited about the success they are having. They are playing good basketball, and we need to go in and limit their possessions.”

Templeton (2-1 LPL, 5-6 overall) heads to Santa Maria on Tuesday for a game against the Saints. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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